Family-proofing measures for candidates

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! TAGSFine GaelLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019Newspolitics Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email A SERIES of measures designed to encourage political parties to put more female candidates forward for election have been welcomed by Fine Gael candidate for Limerick City North, Olivia O’Sullivan.“At a time when several female councillors in Limerick City and County Council are stepping down, it was a huge decision, especially as a mother with small children, to accept the opportunity to come forward as a candidate for local election,” Ms O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I obviously welcome any measures to ‘family-proof’ the role as outlined and could not be taking this step without the full support of my family. However, even with its challenges, I firmly believe our Council needs better diversity and needs to be more representative of the people it serves.“I also don’t underestimate the value to our young girls, and boys, of seeing more women in public representation and the long-term positives this will bring. We need more female representation; right now there are eight sitting female councillors in Limerick City and County, out of 40 in the council chamber. This has to change,” the mother-of-two said.The measures brought forward by the Government include a new funding scheme, to be introduced in advance of the 2019 local elections, to incentivize political parties to increase the proportion of female candidates. An information campaign will also be launched before the local elections, highlighting the critical role of women in local government. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Printcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleChamber wants three-city approach to RSESNext articleWATCH: Munster make hard work of Zebre but keep pace with Glasgow Alan Jacques NewsPoliticsFamily-proofing measures for candidatesBy Alan Jacques – March 23, 2019 1126 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow last_img read more

ND, South Bend to participate in MetroLab Network

first_imgThe White House announced a new program on Monday that aims to address urban problems in cities across the country, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles — and South Bend.David Murphy, director of the ESTEEM graduate program and associate dean of entrepreneurship in engineering and science, said Notre Dame and South Bend were selected to participate in the MetroLab Network, a program that enables universities and local governments to work together to find innovative ways to address cities’ needs.“The interesting thing about the South Bend-Notre Dame relationship is we really are kind of punching above our weight in terms of city size,” Murphy said. “We are clearly the smallest city, so we feel blessed and fortunate to be a part of the MetroLab Network. We also feel we have a lot to contribute and are excited to learn from what some of the bigger cities are doing with their university partners.”Santiago Garces, South Bend’s chief innovation officer and Notre Dame class of 2011, said the MetroLab Network is part of the White House’s “Smart Cities” initiative, which focuses on using technology and science to help communities tackle local challenges.“The MetroLab Network is a collection of city-university partnerships that are developing the framework to share expertise and share resources, trying to figure out how we can create solutions to problems using new technologies and new approaches,” Garces said.The MetroLab Network will examine problems such as crime, traffic, air quality, water quality, sewage and education, Murphy said.Murphy said because Notre Dame is one of the premier research institutions in the country, it could impact communities all over the world by sharing its results.“The research here at Notre Dame is always ongoing, always challenging, always exciting,” he said. “The question’s going to be how to harness that [research] and direct it to address pressing problems in this city and in other cities.”As part of the MetroLab Network, Notre Dame and South Bend will get access to expertise and resources they may not otherwise have, Garces said. The program aims to share urban solutions with other cities across the nation.“As we start confronting some bigger issues, including sustainability, engagement and inclusion of different residents … we will probably benefit a lot from being able to share ideas and share approaches in looking at the entire collection of cities and laboratories that are trying different methods to confront these big questions and big problems,” he said.Murphy said Notre Dame and South Bend have a rich history of successful collaboration. EmNet, a South Bend-based company that designs and produces technology to control overflow in city sewage systems, is just one example of the effectiveness of this partnership.According to Murphy, Notre Dame research labs produced a sensor that was eventually installed in South Bend sewer systems, allowing the city to open and close gates and direct the water flow away from areas in danger of flooding. EmNet commercialized this product.“That’s a great example of technology coming out of research labs at Notre Dame that can be deployed in a very practical setting, in this case the city municipalities,” Murphy said. “We then look to how we can share this technology with other cities.”Murphy and Garces traveled to Washington D.C. on Monday to attend the “Smart Cities” forum, where South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced the MetroLab Network with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto at a White House event. South Bend was chosen to be one of seven cities on the program’s steering committee, Murphy said.Michael Yu | The Observer Garces said he believes the program has the potential to help generate a sense of civic pride and create economic benefits in South Bend.“I think that, for South Bend in particular, this opportunity of continuing to redefine itself and make use of our strengths as a city can give us the opportunity to build pride in the city,” Garces said. “We can build a bridge for people that have gone to Notre Dame that are researchers and students and Ph.D.s who might want to stay and work and solve these very exciting problems by developing exciting solutions.”According to a University press release, Notre Dame and South Bend have chosen four projects on which to focus. The projects will include new methods of cleaning the water in the St. Joseph River, assessments of local neighborhoods, a community-based research course and a downtown wireless network.Murphy said he believes the MetroLab Network will help Notre Dame fulfill its duty to serve humanity by sharing its innovative ideas with the rest of the world.“We feel like we are on the cusp of something very cool, in the sense of what this could mean, not just for our cities, but for the world,” he said.Garces said he is excited to see the partnership between Notre Dame and South Bend continue to produce solutions that could now help solve problems in cities across the country.“From our perspective, we’re the smallest city in the Network, and the Network grants us access to a level of expertise and a level of visibility that we wouldn’t have otherwise,” he said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our community.”Tags: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, MetroLab, South Bend, White Houselast_img read more

Kingston & Richmond

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Padang orphanage struggles after owner dies of COVID-19

first_imgEJ’s wife and children have also tested positive for COVID-19.The orphanage residents are undergoing quarantine following EJ’s death.Read also: The faces behind the numbers: Remembering COVID-19 victimsThe orphanage’s caretaker, Nover Indra Yanti, said that Bunda Saiyo Balai Gadang was hoping for help from donors to support their operational costs.Nover added that the orphanage had received abundant support from the public over the last few days. However, the caretaker had no idea how the orphanage would operate in the future without the owner’s help.“Our operations have been disrupted for quite a while following the owner’s passing as well as the [current health conditions of] the late owner’s wife and children, who have tested COVID-19 positive.“Now we are expecting help from those who are willing to be our permanent donors,” Nover said as quoted by on Monday. (dpk)Topics : Bunda Saiyo Balai Gadang orphanage in Padang, West Sumatra, is facing a financial struggle after its owner died recently of COVID-19.The orphanage, which is located in Koto Tangah, has been experiencing operational difficulties after losing the main financial support of its owner, identified only as EJ, who passed away on May 11.last_img read more

“Still fragile at 33” by: Swinburne Lestrade

first_imgLocalNews “Still fragile at 33” by: Swinburne Lestrade by: – November 7, 2011 “Wolfgang and a Texas soldier of fortune – type named Mike Perdue had once organized a military coup on the island of Dominica, a country probably best known today as the setting for Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean films. On November 3rd 1978, Dominica became the western hemisphere’s 30th nation. At the Independence Day ceremony in Roseau, the capital city, Prime Minister Patrick John, the opposition leader Eugenia Charles and Princess Margaret watched as the Union Jack was lowered and the flag of Dominica was raised, a circle of stars surrounding a Sisserou parrot. Centuries of French and British colonial rule were over, but Dominica’s troubles were only just beginning.” This is taken from the Prologue to Stewart Bell’s remarkably well researched book, Bayou of Pigs. Of course the troubles to which he was referring were of a political kind, involving a crackpot bunch of mercenaries intent on making money for themselves in a Rambo-like invasion of our island. In the words of one of the organizers of the invasion: “Imagine what you could do if you owned your own country”. And of course that attempted invasion had considerable local complicity.Difficulties there have been aplenty since that historic day in 1978; indeed since the beginning of time. Buffeted by winds and other forces of nature; by the vicissitudes of an enveloping global economic environment; or self-inflicted by national economic management that was sometimes ill-advised or merely innocent as we sought to learn the ropes of national economic responsibility in our young post-independence era, our national economy continues to be severely challenged to produce the goods. When Prime Minister Skerrit said, “Dominica is a difficult place to manage”, no greater truth was being spoken, as successive governments would all agree. Reflecting on the last days of September you wonder if Mother Nature has made a conscious decision to rain disasters on the Nature Isle. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Golding has had cause to rue the reality of governing in a small, fiscally challenged State: “One of the problems that this Government has had to contend with is that we have had to be prioritising among priorities”. It is said of John Adams, one of the heroes of American Independence that: “No man in Congress had a clearer idea of what independence would entail: the risks, obligations, and burdens that it would impose on Americans” . If we did not know at the time, we have certainly come to appreciate the challenges of independence.Dominica may be among the most generally challenged of Caribbean states. Agriculture is struggling to re-assert its place in the economic landscape; and tourism to establish its place. In these and other areas our country simply has to do better. Strong leadership at all levels in all sectors is an essential pre-requisite going forward. Let there be a clear consensual strategy looking ahead to our country’s 40th anniversary of Independence.What it takes is to build on the good things that are happening, and there are some. Our historically infrastructurally challenged country has been receiving a large boost in recent years. All governments have added to the country’s infrastructure bank. However one perceives now a clearer understanding of the economic and productivity value of the physical infrastructure and an implicit understanding of the critical importance of the imperative of operating on a lever that is a critical pre-requisite to increased productivity, investment attraction and economic growth. And we forgive the ignorance of those who decry the apparent emphasis on the physical infrastructure. Nor do I perceive this emphasis to be exclusive of paying due attention to the country’s other economic and social imperatives. It would be nice … to have more national discussion on these types of issues. To hear of alternative strategies, policies and programmes that might better serve our national needs and circumstances. Our miniscule island requires discussion and consensus-forging and it behooves all to participate intelligently in this debate. Most of all it behooves the Opposition to be a part of this process and not to hide their alternatives under a bushel. Let them be put on the table and subjected to the same type of scrutiny as are the government’s policies and programmes. This would make for a much healthier and more participatory democracy. In the United Kingdom an Opposition Spokesman announced that if elected to office they would not reverse the public sector cuts imposed by the Government: “The Shadow Cabinet has been banned by Ed Balls from promising to reverse any of the Coalition Government’s spending cuts as part of Labour’s attempt to regain credibility on the economy.”This was in the UK. Nearer home in Jamaica the Opposition Party has launched a major JEEP debate with its coherent policy statement on its Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, itself part of a wider-ranging comprehensive statement on a Progressive Agenda for Jamaica. It was what the Opposition Leader called her “national call to action”. That was Jamaica.In Dominica there is this: “We are making a point” – James on UWP’s boycott of Parliament; and that: Parliament opens… and Opposition walks in, then walks out; UWP to stage ‘People’s Assembly’ under Financial Center next week. And then of course there is Boots on the Ground! No problem. But what else is on offer by way of plans, policies and programmes to respond to the considerable challenges that our micro-state faces in these tough times? Surely the “opposition forces” have (or can access) the intellectual muscle required to think through the issues, articulate positions and contribute to substantive national debate. Or is this too much to ask when not even a manifesto was forthcoming the last time around? As we commemorate 33, and even as there are “patriots” who are protecting our democracy, we can be proud of having preserved our democratic traditions. Our media bombard our ears with nagging 24/7 constancy; all kinds of groups abound unfettered; the “nattering nabobs of negativism” are also always with us; people’s parliaments populate the landscape; the grossest disrespect is shown to the country’s Head of Government; calypsos are still as much “art form” as political cannon; all the country’s institutions, (including the State’s Presidency), are under uninhibited attack from certain very vocal quarters; even a State Malice banner is allowed to hang undisturbed right at the entrance to the country’s State House. Long live our democracy! Edison James wants to amend the country’s Constitution to make for even greater democracy: “And so I say that the Constitution that we have must be reviewed, must be renewed, and must be revised.” Hélas!Speaking about congressmen of the newly independent America, George Washington bemoaned, back in 1778, that “party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of empire … are but secondary considerations”, and that “business of a trifling nature and personal concernment withdraws their attention from matters of great national moment”. Like poverty, one supposes, such behaviour will always be with us.“Independence has not failed Jamaica”, says former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga; “it is Jamaicans who have failed Independence …” , and Opposition Leader Portia Miller reminds Jamaicans that Independence is a state of mind. What is our state of mind as we contemplate our 33 years of Independence? Going forward, our 33-year old is still fragile; still requires nurturing; still requires support from family and friends, local and international. The Government has to continue to do the good things it has been doing. It needs to do certain things better. The fiscal will continue to be a challenge. Thankfully the Government appears committed to pursuing the path of prudence. Government has to guard against complacency in its various manifestations. They also have to watch the pennies.Another hero of American independence, George Washington, would rail against wastage on his plantation – against “waste of time, waste of supplies, waste of money”. The Government system may need to heed this advice.The Opposition also needs to put its shoulders to the wheel. They are the country’s alternative government, or don’t they believe it? They need to be challenging the Government to do right by the country – on issues of ethics and corruption, by all means; but also on issues of economic and social development. Essentially they need to be apprising the public of their plans for growth and poverty reduction. This would be a great contribution to a thriving and dynamic democracy in our Nature Isle.We are not talking about slogans or pledges. A slogan is not a plan; and a “pledge” does not equate to a policy statement or a programme. Voters these days are smarter than that. An independent writer in the Jamaica Gleaner had this to say recently: “As part of the JLP’s 2007 campaign, Bruce Golding, leader of the then JLP Opposition, promised jobs, jobs, jobs. Frankly, the jobs he promised have not come to fruition. “At last things are changing. The public is no longer accepting promised programmes whose feasibility is suspect”. There is hope, I insist. Former Prime Minister Edison James is quoted as having said recently that he was willing to work with the Government: “Honorable Edison James has reaffirmed his commitment to work with the Dominica Labour Party government for the further development of his constituency.” It would be nice … if he had said this about the Nation and not just about Marigot. It’s a sniff; a sniff of a gift; but who knows? This may yet be our the Opposition’s great gift to the Nation on the occasion of its 33rd anniversary.As we begin our 34th year, perhaps we can look forward with hope to our working together to realise our potential as a nation. We are so small, it’s a shame to be so polarised. Such polarisation means, among other things, that at any point in time, only about one half, (or is it 34 per cent?), of your already limited high-level manpower resources are available to the Government, (though not to the nation). This is one of the tragedies of our political system. Working for the national good is the responsibility of everyone. Perhaps we can all yield time to our higher selves to allow for our playing a constructive role in building this still fragile nation. And while we are at it, let’s laugh at ourselves sometimes – some of us take ourselves way too seriously.___________________________________1.Stewart Bell, Bayou of Pigs, 2008.2.Swinburne Lestrade, (Editor), Continuing the Journey: Dominica’s Development Challenges and Responses Going Forward, 2010.3.Raymond Pryce, “Finding The Right Vehicle … And The Right Driver”, Jamaica Gleaner, 25th September 25, 2011.4.Edmund Morgan, The Meaning of Independence.5.Dominica News-On-Line.6.Jamaica Gleaner, 5th June 2011.7.Robert Buddan in Jamaica Gleaner, 7th August 2011.8.Ken Chaplin, “Jobs, jobs, jobs controversy”, Jamaica Gleaner, September 27, 20119. Dominica News-On-Line, 27th September 2011.This article was published in LINK Magazine’s Independence issue and republished with permission from Mr Swinburne Lestrade. Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 39 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more